Blackwork Samplers make great cushions/pillows

Traditionally young girls stitched blackwork samplers to learn and show off patterns, alphabets and borders. You can do the same thing today with these delightful blackwork embroidery patterns.

The designs range from a small pincushion up to a large chessboard. Whether you make them into cushions (or pillows, as my American friends know them) or frame them to display on the wall, you will enjoy both the process and the finished result.

Garden Sampler

Two greens and a gold metallic thread are used to create this interpretation of a knot garden. This blackwork sampler looks good framed or made into a cushion.

Design size: 30.5 x 30.5 cm (or 12 x 12 inches)

Downloadable Chart £3.75

Maze Sampler

A partner design to the blackwork sampler above, work the maze sampler in black and gold as per the chart or choose your own colourway to match your decor.

Design size: 30.5 x 30.5 cm (or 12 x 12 inches)

Downloadable Chart £3.75

Diagonal Sampler

Practice your blackwork borders with this Diagonal Sampler. Stitched in pink, it makes a pretty cushion (pillow) for the bedroom but would also look attractive in a different colour for everyday use. 

Design size: 31.6 x 31.6 cm (or 12.5 x 12.5 inches)

Downloadable Chart £3.75


Tudor Oak

Stitch a pretty repeating pattern of oak leaves on this cushion design using your favourite colour.

Design size: 38 x 38cm (or 15 x 15 inches)

Downloadable Chart £3.75


Blackwork Pincushion

You can stitch this mini blackwork sampler and make it up into a pincushion or choose to stitch just one square as a doll house cushion (i.e. 1/12th scale).

Design size: 10 x 10cm (or 4 x 4 inches)

Downloadable Chart £1.75


Blackwork Chessboard

16 distinct patterns using black and gold metallic threads make up the centre of this blackwork chess-board pattern. Surrounded by the chessmen themselves, this design is a winner for any chess player.

Design size: 42.9 x 42.9 cm (or 16.9 x 16.9 inches)

Downloadable Chart £5.00

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